Music News 09/20/2017


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Van Morrison, ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES (Caroline, $13.98) – Some new songs by Van, as well as some choice blues and R&B covers, written or made famous by Bo Diddley, T-Bone Walker, Doc Pomus, Mose Allison, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Jimmy Rushing, Little Walter, and Sam Cooke.

Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, EVERYBODY KNOWS (Wildflowers, $16.98) – Stephen Stills and Judy Collins have a long history together, both musical and personal, going back to the late 1960s. Stills played on one of Ms. Collins’s greatest albums, Who Knows Where the Time Goes (1968), and the first Crosby, Stills and Nash album (1969), Stills unveiled his epic song,“Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” (a memorable live version was captured in the in the Woodstock film). To celebrate the 50 years they have known each other, Stills and Collins have reunited for an album and tour (they were at the Birchmere in August). They reprise the song, “Who Knows Where the Time Goes,” and, as on that album, cover songs by Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, as well as Stills originals.


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Chris Hillman, BIDIN’ MY TIME (Rounder, $15.98) – Singer, songwriter, bass and mandolin player Chris Hillman (an original member of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Stephen Stills’ Manassas, and the Desert Rose Band) gathers some old friends on his new album. Produced by Tom Petty, guests include former Byrds David Crosby and Roger McGuinn, and Desert Rose Band alumni Herb Pedersen, John Jorgenson, and Jay Dee Maness.

NOTE: Chris Hillman will play at the Birchmere next Tuesday, September 26, with Herb Pedersen and John Jorgenson.

Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, THE LONG-AWAITED ALBUM (Rounder, $15.98) – After a couple collaborations with Edie Brickell (they also co-wrote the Broadway musical, Bright Star), Steve Martin continues lifelong love affair with the banjo, and reunites with the Steep Canyon Rangers in a program of new Martin tunes.



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David Virelles, GNOSIS (ECM Records, $18.98) – Cuban pianist David Virelles was born in Santiago (and now is based in New York), and continues to explore the convergence of jazz, and Cuban sacred and ritual music. On Gnosis, he is aided by master percussionist and vocalist Román Díaz, a percussion quartet, and a string and woodwind section.

Danish String Quartet, LAST LEAF (ECM Records, $18.98) – After their debut album on ECM which featured the first string quartets of modernists Thomas Adès, Per Norgard, and Hans Abrahamsen, the outstanding Danish String Quartet offers their own arrangements of Scandinavian folk songs, harkening back to their album, Wood Works (2014).